Paul Merson predicts where Chelsea FC will finish this season
Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea FC can finish in the Premier League's top four this term
Paul Merson believes that Chelsea FC can finish in the Premier League’s top four this season.
The Blues were 2-0 winners against Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon courtesy of goals from their Brazilian duo Jorginho and Willian.
Their victory over Brighton in west London was their first home win in the Premier League since Frank Lampard took over the reins in the summer.
Arsenal managed to secure a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Monday night after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out Scott McTominay’s opening goal.
The north London side’s stalemate at Old Trafford left Chelsea FC in seventh place but only a point adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal after seven Premier League games.
Chelsea FC will take on Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday in their last Premier League fixture before the international break.
Former Gunners midfielder Merson has explained why he thinks Chelsea FC look more likely than Arsenal and Manchester United to finish in the top four.
“There is a long way to go. The teams you are asking to finish in the top six – Leicester and West Ham – it is a big ask for them. Certain players have to stay fit for them, so I think it is between Chelsea, United and Arsenal who will finish in the top four,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“The cream always comes to the top – they (United and Arsenal) are not playing well at the moment, but over 38 games, you are asking Leicester and West Ham to do something special the way the gulf is at the moment.
“There is not going to be a lot between Chelsea, United and Arsenal, so fourth to sixth could be six points. It is not going to be like it has been over the years where the top four are 10-15 points ahead of everybody else.
“Chelsea are a younger team, they have youth on their side. I am not saying it is a shoo-in they will finish in the top four this season, and if they do not, it is not the end of the world for Chelsea.
“But for the other teams, it could be a bit of a problem. I would probably say Arsenal, but only just (to make the top four).
“There were two nervous football teams at Old Trafford on Monday night with a lot of pressure on them. They could not handle the pressure very well and it was a very hard game to watch.”
Chelsea FC turned to Lampard in the summer after Maurizio Sarri opted to take over the reins of Serie A champions Juventus.
Lampard has shown a willingness to give youth a chance since becoming the new Blues manager.
Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all excelled in the Blues team so far this term.